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Table 1 Inclusion and exclusion criteria for the SPONGE trial

From: The impact of retractor SPONGE-assisted laparoscopic surgery on duration of hospital stay and postoperative complications in patients with colorectal cancer (SPONGE trial): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
Participant in the PLCRC project Indication for open colorectal surgery
Informed consent obtained for being offered experimental interventions within the PLCRC project Emergency colorectal surgery
Distal colon (sigmoid) or rectum carcinoma Inadequate understanding of the Dutch language in speech and/or writing
Elective laparoscopic surgery  
Performance status WHO 0 to 2  
  1. PLCRC, prospective cohort of colorectal cancer patients; WHO, World Health Organization performance status